On the schedule tonight is a seven-game NBA slate. As always, be sure to be watching the Awesemo NBA Starting Lineups page closely for updates on each team before making NBA picks today. Most notably, pay close attention to Julius Randle (questionable, quad). Obi Toppin has started at power forward in place of Randle for the last two games and is coming off a career-best 47.3 DraftKings point showing Wednesday against the Hornets. He saw 39.6 minutes in that start, which also set a new career-high for Toppin. He would be one of the best values available tonight if Randle remains sidelined, even in this difficult matchup against the Heat, who rank fifth in defensive efficiency. Below are some NBA daily fantasy basketball picks that stand out for tonight’s slate using Awesemo’s NBA DFS Boom/Bust Tool and NBA DFS projections.
Boom/Bust NBA Daily Fantasy Projections & Picks Today
Boom: Kris Dunn: $4,500 DraftKings/$4,800 FanDuel
45% DraftKings Boom/44% FanDuel Boom
After producing 22.4 DraftKings points in 24.5 minutes per game across his first six games with the Trail Blazers, Dunn signed his second 10-day contract with the team Thursday. Dunn is contributing 0.91 DraftKings points per minute since joining Portland and earned his first start of the season in his last time out. Particularly with Justise Winslow (out, calf) joining the Blazers’ lengthy injury report, Dunn should remain a starter for Friday’s dream matchup against the Rockets. Houston ranks dead last in defensive efficiency and third in pace. Combine these two factors and there is no better matchup to target in fantasy basketball than the Rockets. Despite running out a G-League-like roster, Portland boasts the fourth-highest implied team total on the slate in this gorgeous spot with 115.5 points. This is the largest implied team total the Blazers have seen since trading away C.J. McCollum last month. Furthermore, this game’s total is the high mark of this seven-game slate at 234.5 points and this is expected to be a competitive affair, with the Rockets only favored by 3.5-points.
Exceeding five-times value should be an easy task for Dunn in this setting and he is a tough value to fade at less than $5,000 on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Not only is Dunn rating as the No. 1 value on the slate in Awesemo’s projections, but no player carries a higher boom score than Dunn for both DraftKings and FanDuel in Awesemo’s Boom Bust Tool.
Boom: Drew Eubanks: $6,300 DraftKings/$6,100 FanDuel
28% DraftKings Boom/30% FanDuel Boom
Eubanks is also a terrific target from the Blazers tonight. With Jusuf Nurkic (foot) on the shelf, Eubanks has received a heavy workload as Portland’s starting center, with 31.4 minutes per game in his last seven starts. This immense role has resulted in 33 DraftKings points per game for Eubanks, and this matchup with the Rockets is obviously perfect.
No defense in the league is allowing more points in the paint than Houston, which is where 84% of Eubanks shots have come this season. He has the potential for a double-double of over 40 fantasy points in this perfect spot and needs to be included in your player pool tonight, especially on FanDuel, where Eubanks can be rostered as a power forward.
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Boom: Joel Embiid: $11,200 DraftKings/$11,200 FanDuel
33% DraftKings Boom/30% FanDuel Boom
As has been the case for the last few weeks, Embiid is just too cheap on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Since James Harden arrived in Philadelphia, Embiid has remained a fantasy stud, recording at least 55 DraftKings points in eight of 13 starts with a team-high 36.6% usage rate. The center will be going against a Clippers’ defense tonight that is most vulnerable to opposing big men. Los Angeles is yielding the seventh-most rebounds and sixth-most points in the paint. Fifty percent of Embiid’s shot attempts have come in the paint this season, and he erupted for a huge double-double of 67.75 DraftKings points when he faced this Clippers’ squad back in late January.
Embiid is a strong bet for 60 fantasy points tonight and is rating as a top-five option on the slate in terms of Boom score for both DraftKings and FanDuel in Awesemo’s Boom Bust Tool.
Boom: Mike Conley: $5,500 DraftKings/$5,700 FanDuel
25% DraftKings Boom/20% FanDuel Boom
Visiting the Hornets tonight, the Jazz are one of the best teams to attack for this seven-game slate. Charlotte ranks fourth in pace, compared to the Jazz, who rank 23rd. In addition to the significant pace increase for Utah, the Hornets have major issues on the defensive end, ranking 23rd in efficiency. As a result, the Jazz present the second-highest implied team total of the night with 116.25 points, and this game’s total ranks second on the slate at 228.5 points. Utah is also only favored by four points and Bojan Bogdanovic (calf) will miss his seventh straight game.
Conley is amassing 31.3 DraftKings points per game for the six starts he has made without Bogdanovic this year and finished with 30.5 DraftKings points in the Jazz’s first meeting of the season against Charlotte in December. Conley has surpassed 30 DraftKings points in 15 of the 22 games that have carried a total of at least 225 points this season and is an outstanding cheap way to gain exposure to the Jazz.
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